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Law Society letter to Justice Committee on post-pandemic courts

The Society's President Amanda Millar has written to the Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee on developing solutions for the courts in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Law firms aim to drive diversity in trainee recruitment

Following a successful pilot, Morton Fraser and Dickson Minto have committed to using of the Law Society of Scotland’s contextualised recruitment scheme, in partnership with RARE, in their latest graduate recruitment rounds, helping to drive workplace diversity and social mobility.

Law Society report recommends change for Scottish planning process

Amendments should be made to the Scottish Government Planning Circular 3/2012, to improve the efficiency and transparency of the planning process, according to recommendations made by the Law Society of Scotland.

New guidance on client accounts for banks

The Joint Money Laundering Steering Group has issued new guidance for banks and financial institutions regarding client accounts’. The new guidance will mean that practice units can expect more contact from their client account holder about potential Anti-money Laundering risks.

Nominations open for new ‘third sector’ seat on Law Society Council

Nominations are being invited to four of the Law Society’s governing Council seats, including a new seat to represent the third sector.

Diploma 2020 Q&A published

Following an unprecedented number of applications to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice this year, the Law Society of Scotland has created a dedicated advice section for students who have not secured a place on the Diploma.

UK Government Economic Crime Levy Consultation

The UK Government is running a consultation on the proposed economic crime levy and we would strongly encourage members with an interest in the proposals, to submit your own responses by the 13 October deadline.

Lack of clarity in Hate Crime Bill could threaten freedom of expression

Plans to modernise hate crime laws in Scotland present a unique opportunity to enhance protections for those most vulnerable to prejudice in our society, however the Society has said flaws within the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill could prevent it from achieving its stated goals.

Taxation by teleconferencing

The Law Society’s Civil Working Group, following discussions with Scottish Courts and Tribunal Services (SCTS), has received confirmation that the Auditor of the Court of Session and the All Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court (ASSPIC) will now conduct taxations of judicial accounts by way of tele-conference.

LBTT threshold increase needs to happen sooner rather than later

We are calling on the Scottish Government to prioritise implementation of the increased threshold for Land and Building Transaction Tax for residential property transactions.

Simple procedure claims can be submitted online and in paper

After discusions with the Law Society, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have confirmed that simple procedure claims can still be submitted by both paper and online.

Criminal law and legal aid round-up July 2020

A round-up of activity undertaken by the Criminal Law and Legal Aid Committees in response to the coronavirus outbreak so far, as well as a look ahead to what challenges they are focussing on next.